Healthcare workers’ hands have always been at the forefront of infection prevention, but one of the most common barriers to good hand hygiene technique among healthcare professionals is skin irritation.
Chris Wakefield explains how a combination approach, which addresses occupational dermatitis, can improve adherence.
Hand hygiene has always been an important infection prevention strategy in hospitals and healthcare settings. Indeed, it has been proven to reduce the spread of healthcare associated infections (HCAIs) by up to 50%, lower the risk of antimicrobial resistance, and has been a critical weapon in the fight against COVID-19.
Although there is a heightened focus on hand – and surface – hygiene, dangerous pathogens are still able to enter healthcare settings fairly easily. Just take a mobile phone as an example. This belonging goes almost everywhere with its owner and is placed on a variety of different surfaces at home, work, in pockets or at the bottom of a handbag. But does its owner clean it, or their hands, after each time it is picked up or swiped?
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